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Jeff Sessions says he had no role in Trump’s immigration order

Senator Jeff Sessions, President Trump’s nominee to serve as head of the Justice Department.
Senator Jeff Sessions, President Trump’s nominee to serve as head of the Justice Department.Andrew Harnik/AP

Attorney general nominee Jeff Sessions says he had no role in helping the White House draft an executive order on refugees and immigration.

In responses to Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy about his involvement in writing executive orders, Sessions wrote: ‘‘None. Neither I, nor any of my current staff, had such a role.’’

Leahy asked the question Jan. 25 in reference to orders involving immigration. Sessions returned the written answers Monday.

The Judiciary panel is meeting to vote on Sessions’ nomination. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley defended the Alabama senator, who has been one of President Donald Trump’s strongest supporters.

‘‘It’s not clear to me why it would be a problem even if he had been involved,’’ Grassley said.

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